Chickens crossing river?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Danragg, Dec 5, 2013.

  1. Danragg

    Danragg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi i am getting chickens later next week and i am preparing my garden for them, I have a shallow river that is just over a meter in width and around 10 to 30cm deep that divides the garden, i am hoping to have the chickens on one side of the river will they cross?
     
  2. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    If they can fly, they learn to cross small creeks pretty fast.
     
  3. X2 I have heard Silkies have a hard time swimming and drown so get breeds that can swim!
    Good Luck!
     
  4. Danragg

    Danragg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So will they cross or not?
     
  5. shannondee12

    shannondee12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think so, eventually. I have chickens (10 of them) that I got with ducklings. I raised them together and the chickens think they are ducks. They spend the day in the creek with the ducks everyday. I think that the have the capability (maybe not silkies or even frizzles/sizzles)
     
  6. Danragg

    Danragg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok if so how high do i need to get a fence so they can't cross?
     
  7. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    What breed of chickens do you have? Some chickens will stay behind a 4 foot fence. Some of my chickens fly over a 6 foot fence so they can laugh about it......
     
  8. Danragg

    Danragg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    they have hybrids if i clipped there wings could they get over 4 foot, plus there is a small creek on the other side of the fence
     

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